Which Of The 2020 Candidates Is
A Friend Of The Workers?
Program Dir. of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies at SUNY
Empire State College.
. Wage growth is weak for a tight labor
market—and the pace of wage growth is uneven across race and gender.
Wage growth is being held back by political decisions and the Trump
administration is on the wrong side of key debates.
. Working people have
been thwarted in their efforts to bargain for better wages by attacks on
. Low-wage workers are suffering from a decline in the real value of
the federal minimum wage.
. Black workers endure persistent racial
disparities in employment outcomes.
. Employers increase their profits and
put downward pressure on wages and labor standards by exploiting migrant
Together, these dilemmas underscore that we must understand and
address many factors—including the dynamics of gender, race, and
immigration—when crafting policies to give all workers a fair shot at achieving
faster wage growth and greater opportunity.
Moreover, U.S. employers are willing to use a wide
range of legal and illegal tactics to frustrate the rights of workers to form
unions and collectively bargaining. Employers are charged with violating federal
law in 41.5% of all union election campaigns. And one out of five union election
campaigns involves a charge that a worker was illegally fired for union
activity. While this outrage has persisted for years under Democratic and
Republican Administrations, it has reached new depths under
Within this context we’ll talk about what the top Democratic
Party contenders for the presidency are proposing to better the “state of the
state” of working men and women, as they ready themselves for the Iowa
caucuses. We’ll also discuss who supports and the likelihood of the passage of
the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which is scheduled to be introduced in
the House of Representative in early